Thursday, 15 March 2018

Take One Paper Pad....

Good Morning all, i hope you are having a good week.

Today im showing a batch of cards all made from the same paper pad, after using it for make my mums card for Mothering Sunday i thought it would be a good challenge for me to try and use up all the papers on different cards and in different ways.  I actually enjoyed the challenge.

The paper pad is 6x6" 'On the Bright Side' by My Minds Eye

Its a pad ive had years and loved so used it sparingly as us crafters do. 

This first card i made for mum, 7x7 white cardbase.  I die cut some of the papers with various stitched dies, all matted onto chocolate brown cardstock and layered up.  I die cut the flower from white card so it would stand out against all the busy patterns, i edge it with blue and added blue pearls to the centre.  Die cut mum from white too and then added blue pearls to finish.  

I then made a very similar one for the box just using different papers from the pad and orange pearls.  Im not usually one for adding lots of busy patterns together but found using just bits of them that it wasn't too OTT.

6x6 Chocolate Brown basecard.  New home card.  I die cut various stitched shapes from the papers and layered them up, this first takes a while playing with the shapes and placements until it works for me.  I then stamped the greeting in brown ink onto beige faux leather effect card and mounted onto the card base.   I then die cut my little house from 2 papers and stuck together. 

6x5.5" Brown card base.  I again cut some patterend papers and layered onto chocolate brown cardstock, added onto beige card stamped with the greeting.  I die cut my cat twice, ones from orange and again brown papers and off set so he stands out more. Blue pearls to finish. 

6x6" chocolate brown cardbase.  I had lots of little bits of paper left, not big enough to do much with so cut them into tiny little flowers.  I then die cut green leaves, a stitched rectangle which was left over too made a great flower planter!  All layered onto wood grain paper that also comes from the pads.  Die cut greeting and cat both in the brown.  I added liquid pearls to the flower centres which dried weird with a dent in the middle but after contemplation i think it looks like little seed beads so have left it.

5x7" Brown base.  Lots of papers die cut into various fishtail banners and layered up onto a beige floral pattern paper.  Again it took a while to get an order which worked for me.  Stamped greeting.

4x6" (A6) card, this one used all the left over banners from the first one.  

4x6" (A6) card, i had lots of little strips of paper left so did a little weaving, layered onto woodgrain paper.  Die cut cat as before and stamped greeting. 

And last but not least a gift tag, all the little scraps i die cut into banners, as most weren't long enough for the whole length of the die, I just die cut the tips with the fishtail end.  For the vertical strip i cut them off the front cover of the pad - not waste with any of this paper pad.  Ribbon to finish. 

This last card was made for a colour challenge with friends of using apricot, peach, anthracite and ribbon, the papers fitted perfectly instead of the brown card i used a dark pearl grey, i had matching ribbon in my stash and added loops of them along the top and bottom edges of the middle panel.  Die cut sentiment and flower. 

Items Used:
My Minds Eye 'On the Bright side' paper pad
Chocolate brown cardstock, Beige leather cardstock, grey pearl- payper box
Various Stitched dies, squares, rectangle, circle
Flower dies
Cat dies
House die
Pierced & cross stitch fist tail banner die sets
Clearly besotted fancy sentiment stamps

Thank you for stopping by, i hope you all have a lovely weekend. Emma

Monday, 12 March 2018

Daisy Mixed Media Canvas

Good Morning all, i hope you all enjoyed your weekend. 

Today i am sharing this Mixed Media Home Decor Canvas that i made for my mum for Mother's Day. 

Box Canvas 16x6" (40x15cm)  After doing the brick background (see below for details) I die cut lots of daisies from white card, made them up, added yellow stamens & florists wires for their stems.  I then die cut various foliage from brusho and inked cardstocks in different shades of greens and ferns from kraft card.  I then slowly built up the layout.

The top half.  I added a lovely big bee metal charm ive had in my stash for years.

The bottom half, i added more foliage and ivy in the bottom as you naturally find at the bottom of a wall

Just close ups. Once it was all stuck on i sealed everything with a matt sealant to keep it all fresh. 

The wall - first i added texture paste through a stencil and once dry i added black acrylic paint over the whole canvas.  Once dry i put the stencil back over and added red and orange starlight paints to the bricks, i found doing it this way kept the black between the bricks better.  I then added touches of green paint to give a kind of mossy effect once everything is added on top. 

Items Used:
Tattered Lace fern dies
Joanna Sheen & Brittania Ivy dies
Heartfelt Aster die set
Stitched Daisy dies
Tim Holtz foliage die
Brick stencil
Imagination crafts starlight paints
Golden Texture paste
Cracked Pistachio & twisted citron oxide inks

Thank you for stopping by and all your visits and comments last week and congratulations on the arrival of my new niece. I hope you all have a good week. Emma 

Thursday, 8 March 2018

New Baby Niece

Good Morning Everyone.

Last week with all that cold weather my 4th little niece was born, she picked a cold week to arrive.  So i kept in the warm and made some cards for her. 

Baby Bottle shaped card.  I first cut the bottle shape from white linen card, keeping the card spine to the left.  I then cut a smaller layer and die cut an oval into it,  then dry embossed with the swiss dots.  Added red gingham card behind the aperture and added the layer onto the front with 3d foam tape.  I then added an oval frame and my die cut giraffe. Id wrapped cotton twine around the neck. Computer printed sentiment die cut into a small tag and added with more twine and a co-ordinating button. 

For the second card i dug out my old fabulous stork stamp.  Ive stamped him onto white card and simply watercoloured in lilac and touches of yellow for his beak & feet. I then cut him out.  Stamped sentiment and die cut with pierced delight spellbinders die

6x6 white linen cardblank, matted and layered with a lilac pattern paper die cut into a wonky stitched square, matted onto die cut white square and onto lilac pearl card.  Pearls to finish.

And a card for the new big sister, i found this lovely image of two little girls in an old LOTV art pad.  Computer printed sentiment, and then ive just matted the image onto purple card to pick up the colours in the topper. 

I also made this tag for the new big sister to add to a little gift.  Elephant die cut into grey pearl card, yellow gingham circle, tag cut in white and grey pearl card and die cut alpha's. 

While i was at it i made a few more bottle cards for the box

Yellow gingham one

and blue and grey polka dot ones, all same details as the first one. 

Items used:
Tattered lace giraffe & elephant dies
Tattered lace square dies
Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
Spellbinders oval dies
Spellbinders 'Pierced delight - S2-143'
Memory box cross stitch rectangles
Anna marie polka dot & gingham cardstock
Justrite stamps 'special delivery'
LOTV art pad 'Just for Girls''

Thank you for stopping by, i hope you all enjoy the rest of the week. Emma 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Make My Monday #66

Good Morning all,  Brrr what a cold one, i hope you are all keeping warm and cosy. 

So the theme this fortnight at Make My Monday  is


I dug out the mirror card and decided to go all out and use it as the main feature with alcohol inks, getting a decent photo has not been easy at all. 

I first die cut silver mirror card into stripes and dry embossed with flowers, i then used alcohol inks to colour it.  I then used a cotton bud and blending solution i removed the ink from the flowers.  I mounted them onto white card, then silver mirror card and a white 6.5 x 5" card blank

I then stamped a sentiment onto white card and die cut into an oval and mounted onto silver mirror card.  I kept the embellishment simple with one metal flower to show of the background. 

Trying to show the colour better.

This shows the embossed panels coloured with the inks before i removed it from the flowers, you can see the colours so much better here. 

and onto a gold mirror card version

Same details as the first ones but instead i used red, orange and yellow alcohol inks onto gold mirror card and all the mats are gold. 

This shows the colour a bit better

and below is the embossed panels before i added the alcohol inks
Its a shame i couldn't get a photo to do it justice, but i really enjoyed playing with my alcohol inks again and in a different way for me so will be doing it again. 

Items Used
Silver & Gold mirror card
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol inks
Lettuce, bottle, stream & wild plum (on the silver)
Red Pepper, sunshine yellow & Terra cotta (on the gold)
Spellbinders M-bossabilities EL-005 
MFT Stitched rectangle set
Clearly besotted sentiment stamps 'Fancy sayings'
Spellbinders oval dies
Tim Holtz Ideology metal flowers

Please do pop over to MMM we love to see what you will come up with for gold or silver.

I hope you all have a good week whatever the weather brings us. Emma

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Glitter Flowers

Good Morning everyone, i hope you are all keeping warm with this cold snap.  

Im going to try different layouts this year so joined in a couple of sketch challenges and it also helped me with making this card for my sister in law.  Ive also recently come into some amazing glitter card from Jelly bean so been having fun playing with it. 

6x6 White card.  I then die cut and made up the flower using champagne glitter card, i made up the card layout following a sketch, stamped greeting in grey and some matting and layering.  I broke up the colour with some distress oxide inked foliage and matching green gems. 

Close up of the flowers, showing its sparkle.  this card is actually completely smooth so lovely for die cutting. 

Onto two thank you cards for friends that sent me some lovely craft goodies to play with.

6x6 scalloped card blank.  Pre dotty embossed card from payper box, matted onto teal glitter card, die cut sentiment, i made up the flower with some orange stamens, then found a scrap of brusho/pixie powder card in matching orangey colours for the leaves. .  Gold pearls to finish.

Close up of the flower

Same as above but red and pale green combo. 

You can see the glittering of the card in the close up. 

Items Used:
Jellybean Glitter card
Cheerylynn Thank you die
Spellbinders foliage die
Wonky stitched circle die
Cosmic Shimmer pixie powders
Clearly besotted sentiment stamp
Cracked pistachio & twisted citron distress oxide inks

Thank you for stopping by and all your amazing comments.  I hope you all have a good week and it doesn't get too cold. Emma

Monday, 19 February 2018

Make My Monday #65

Good Morning everyone, and welcome to a new week.

Its time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday  with the theme this time being


So go and dig out all those inks, paints, pencils, texture pastes, pastels and and have fun.   As most of you know i love my brusho's and pixie powders but decided to go with something different and dug out my stencils, texture paste and paints.  There is something satisfying starting with white card and completely transforming it.

6x6 white cardblank.  After making my background (details below) i added it to the card front.  Then die cut lots of small white flowers, green foliage and little berry branches in yellow.  I added yellow enamel dots to the flowers.  I die cut a black glossy pot and then built up my flowers.  Black glossy sentiment and white butterflies to finish. 

Close up of the flowers. 
I didn't have a suitable size flower pot so dug through my die collection and came across this die - it comes from a tea party set, i turned the die cut upside down and cut the bottom of it - i then had the perfect size pot.  So don't forget to look at your dies and see if you can easily turn them into something else. 

below is details of my messy background

I first added texture paste through a brick stencil onto white card.  As you will be painting over it you can use any colour texture/modelling paste you have.  I wanted it rough around the edges so added less paste there and then before removing the stencil use the pallet knife to add texture to the bricks.  Set aside to completely dry. 

Once dry i added imagination starlight paints in red and orange, blending together in places.  I only needed to add one layer of paint as its highly pigmented.  The photo doesn't show the amazing shimmer this paint has. 

Once the red dried, I then added touches of green paint to look like mossy and more weathered bricks, then i added black archival ink by dry brushing over all the bricks to again add that weathered old brick look, adding more ink between the bricks.  Adding the black really brings up the texture in the bricks i added with the palette knife.  I then cut into a square.  

Items used:
Imagination Crafts starlight paints, red, orange and green
Cosmic Shimmer texture paste
That Special touch - brick mask
Memory box massa leaf die, meadow bird branch, mini butterflies
Xcut teaparty die set
Small flower dies
Viva yellow paper pen (enamel drops)

 Please do pop over to MMM and join in and see what everyone else came up with for Messy Backgrounds, i think this challenge will be really fun. 

We had some beautiful weather at the weekend so hope to see some more of that sunshine this week so i hope you all have a good week too.  Thank you for popping by. Emma

Monday, 12 February 2018

Cat & Bird Card Box Sets

Good Morning all, i hope you had a good weekend.

Today im sharing 2 box sets ive made as gifts.  

The first one is using 2 different cats stamps from Zinski art and the second set is using the Crazy bird stamps.

I decorated the lid of my box with the cat stamps.

I first stamped the cat, doodled in a ground and coloured with wink of stella pens.  I lightly watercoloured blue background and green to the grass.  Die cut into a doublestitched rectangle.  Stamped greeting. Then matted onto black card and coloured card to match the topper colour.  

Im on a mission this year to use up some of the hundreds of coloured card ive amassed over the years!  

As above, the 2nd zinski art cat  stamp, again coloured the same way and matted onto purple card to match the wink of stella pens.

And below shows all cards i made for the set

This shows all 8 of the A6 (4x6) cards i made for the set.  The sentiment stamps came free with a magazine, but i like how they are all different fonts.  This set is for a friend who has a couple of cats and no birthday cards in the set as she always asks me separately to make those. 

and below on to the birdie set

Basically the same as the cat set just using the Tim Holtz crazy birds, as their is 6 different birds and i made 8 cards i used a couple of the birds twice.  This set does have a couple of birthday cards in it. 

Again i coloured them with wink of stella pens, shame the photos don't pick up the amazing sparkle they have. 

I kept the cards completely flat for ease of posting. 

Items used
Paperartsy Zinski art Mini stamps
Tim Holtz crazy bird stamps
Sentiment stamps
Wink of stella pens
Distress inks tumbled glass, cracked pistachio & lucky clover
Double stitched rectangle dies
Coloured card by payper box
Glossy accents

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments last week, also thank you to all of you that are following me by email.  If you are off for half term this week i hope you enjoy it, i shall be spending time with my lovely nieces.  Enjoy your week. Emma